Exit right just ahead

Don’t pray from your head but pray from your heart

Cape Breton Post - - CLASSIFIEDS/CAPE BRETON - Kevin Mat­tatal Kevin Mat­tatall is the pas­tor of the Cape Breton Chris­tian Fel­low­ship Church. The Cape Breton Post wel­comes com­ments on his col­umn by email at pas­tor. kevin@cbfel­low­ship.ca.

Have you ever been driv­ing down the road and your mind was so deep in thought that you missed your exit?

I know a cou­ple who were com­ing home from Halifax and as they were com­ing by Truro they were talk­ing and they missed the exit to Cape Breton. It wasn’t un­til they saw the sign, ‘Wel­come to New Brunswick’ that they re­al­ized they were go­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion.

They had a great laugh about it later but maybe they shouldn’t have told any­body. Af­ter all, con­fes­sion is good for the soul but bad for the rep­u­ta­tion. Imag­ine, they missed their exit by 60 miles.

In the Bi­ble, Moses led the chil­dren of Is­rael out of Egypt and into the wilder­ness. From the wilder­ness they were to go straight into the Prom­ise Land but they missed their exit and were de­layed by 40 years.

Forty years is a long time be­tween their first op­por­tu­nity and their sec­ond op­por­tu­nity to exit their wilder­ness …. 40 Years.

How did they miss their des­ti­na­tion by that much? Well, their his­tory re­veals that they were slaves in Egypt for 400 years and they had been serv­ing the Pharaoh’s from one gen­er­a­tion to the next.

Abuse, hurt, shame, and pain were all part of their daily life.

You see it was one thing to take these peo­ple out of Egypt but it’s an­other thing to take the ef­fects of Egypt out of them. The exit sign read, ‘Prom­ise land next right,’ but the pain of their past spoke louder than the voice of Moses who was try­ing to give them an op­por­tu­nity for a bet­ter fu­ture.

Has any­one ever tried to talk to you but the voice of your hurt was too loud for you to hear them? I won­der how many peo­ple al­low the pain in their his­tory to de­lay the bless­ings of their destiny? How many abused chil­dren be­come adults and yes they have left their Egypt but they can’t ac­cept the op­por­tu­nity to take the ‘Bet­ter fu­ture just ahead’ exit.

They seem­ingly are stuck wan­der­ing around and around in the wilder­ness of past mis­takes. They truly hope for some­thing far more than what they have but they con­tin­u­ally set­tle for some­thing far less than what God in­tended for them to have.

We have all been hurt and we have all missed a few exit signs along the road of life but we should not lose hope.

There is an old song in the church, “He brought me out of the miry clay, He sat my feet on a Rock to stay, He puts a song in my soul to­day, a song of praise hal­lelu­jah.”

The He in the song refers to Je­sus Christ the Saviour of the world. It’s His liv­ing pow­er­ful sal­va­tion that brings us out from our for­mer bondage and it’s His lov­ing gen­tle Holy Spirit that leads us into the prom­ises of our fu­ture.

If you need to talk to Je­sus, He’s as close as a prayer away. Please don’t pray from the in­tel­lect of your head but pray or cry out to God from the re­cesses of a hun­gry heart.

I en­cour­age you to find a good church to at­tend. Of­ten the hand that God uses to help guide you for­ward will be found in the per­son that He places close to you.

You don’t have to keep miss­ing your fu­ture be­cause of your past. It’s a new day and my con­fi­dence in you is high.

God bless you all.

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